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Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea

by Sophia Nash

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This was a little unexpected. Grittier than many of the historicals in this vein, with less virginity as central and more interaction as central. And enough hinting at the storylines of secondary characters, that one fully expects several a series. A very solid read! ( )
  LadyTi | Sep 5, 2017 |
Ms. Nash’s new series The Royal Entourage starts off with a premise that six bachelor dukes of the royal entourage spent one night celebrating the upcoming nuptials of one of them, got so wasted that none could remember the scandal they created for not just themselves, but for their Prince Regent as well. Well, said Prince Regent has just about had enough of their debauchery [and never you mind that he himself was present at the time] and to punish one wouldn’t do, so he decides he would punish all six.

First up is Duke of Kress who is now under royal orders to go back to his dilapidated Cornwall castle, try to make it livable and find a bride, post-haste.

In his wildest dreams, Alex could not have dreamt that his future bride would be one Roxanne, who he rescues from the certain death as she hangs from the side of a sea cliff determined to find out why would the man she’s married to try to murder her.

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*Copy provided by AVON publisher through Edelweiss* ( )
  bookworm2bookworm | Mar 30, 2017 |
lovely, witty, light read! review soon! ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
Loved, loved, loved this book! The quirky charachters, witty dialog, just all around fantastic book! ( )
  seanbata | Jun 14, 2015 |
This book is prefaced with an impressive list of acknowledgements, but it's not clear how these informants, editors, publishers, friends, et al. contributed to what reads like a first attempt at self-publishing.

The prologue describes the aftermath of a drunken debauch by 'Prinny', star of stage, screen and hundreds of Regency romances, and his gang of ducal sycophants. Sadly the reader is left as confused about the debauch as its participants. Worried that his latest excess will spark an uprising against the monarchy, Prinny attempts to deflect public disgust by imposing stiff penalties on his gang of dukes.

Alex, Duke of Kress (where did that name come from?) is held accountable for the debauch and is exiled to St Michael's Mount, his family seat in Cornwall, ordered to restore his crumbling castle, and find a suitable wife forthwith.

The story segues to Cornwall, where Alex just happens to be walking along a cliff path when the Earl of Paxton, the villain of the story, tries to rid himself of his wife by leading her over the edge of the cliff. Paxton decamps, leaving Roxanne clinging to the cliff face and her inevitable fate. Alex rescues Roxanne and agrees to hide her in his castle.

Despite the ludicrous improbabilities, we now have the foundation and framework for an enjoyable romantic romp. Alex and Roxanne seem made for each other, the villain plots to find hidden wealth and marry an airhead debutante, and Roxanne's fake death holds promise of interesting developments.

Alas, at this point a gaggle of dukes, sisters, cousins, relatives and other forgettable characters descends on St Michael's Mount and the story falls apart in confused complexity. Fortunately, most of these side characters are soon sent away, narrowing the cast to manageable proportions.

The stereotyped on-off relationship between Roxanne and Alex continues but is smothered with an over-the-top Perils of Pauline story of tin mine treasure and the loathsome Paxton's increasingly hysterical intrusions.

The narrative descends into the abyss of pantomime with the sudden appearance of Prinny himself in a Cornish courtroom.

Having lost control of narrative and characterisation, the author completes the grand slam by ruining the Regency dialogues and internal monologues with late 20th century idioms.

I didn't enjoy this book at all and will certainly not be reading further installments in the series, but amidst the wreckage of the story are glimpses of potential. ( )
  skirret | Jan 2, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062022326, Mass Market Paperback)

Six Regency heroes—One royal hangover

An infamous night has been lost to memory. The scandalous Dukes of the Royal Entourage must make amends. The first step is a heroic rescue.

One of England’s most disreputable peers, Alexander Barclay, Duke of Kress, has stumbled upon a perfect opportunity for redemption. Having been exiled to Cornwall by the Prince Regent himself, Barclay discovers lovely Roxanne Vanderhaven clinging to the edge of a cliff, stranded there by her murderous blackguard of a husband . . . just waiting to be rescued.

Back on solid ground, Roxanne is desperate for a new life— once she’s retaliated for her husband’s despicable actions. Surprisingly, she finds herself drawn to her unlikely champion, certainly the last man in England she could count on. Yet, the infamous Duke of Kress isn’t quite the scoundrel he seems . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:47 -0400)

Roxanne wants to get revenge on her husband and finds she is attracted to one of England's most disreputable peers, Alexander Barclay, the Duke of Kress, who has been exiled to Cornwall.

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